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The End of DACA: Legal Implications for Schools, Colleges, and Universities

In June 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program was created by presidential executive action and announced as a kind of administrative relief from deportation for certain undocumented immigrants, allowing young people brought to this country illegally by their parents to legally live, study, and work in the U.S. DACA applicants who could meet certain guidelines1 were permitted to apply for deferred removal status by submitting an application, paying a $465 fee, and undergoing an investigation. If approved, DACA recipients — or DREAMers2 — were given a two-year stay of deportation and legal status to work, study, and obtain social security numbers and driver’s licenses. DACA status was renewable every two years upon further application.


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